Medical Breakthroughs

   

2013

An LHSC surgeon is the first in Canada to perform a robotic single-site gallbladder removal - or cholecystectomy. With this procedure, the gallbladder is removed through a single small incision, hidden in the belly button, and patients experience virtually scarless results.

LHSC is the first in North America to perform a BONEBRIDGE bone conduction implant. BONEBRIDGE is new technology developed by MED-El Medical Electronics that makes it possible for people with hearing impairments, including conductive and mixed hearing losses or single-sided deafness, to hear a full range of sounds.

LHSC and Lawson Health Research Institute perform world first treatment of localized prostate cancer. The treatment - transurethral magnetic resonance (MR) guided ultrasound ablation for prostate cancer - utilizes a new ablation device that uses thermal ultrasound therapy with real-time MR image guidance to eliminate cancer cells in the prostate gland.

London Health Sciences Centre is the first in North America to use the Geko™ blood circulation device and first in the world to use the device in cardiac surgery. The self-contained geko™ device is designed to increase blood flow by activating the muscle pumps in the lower leg that return blood to the heart, emulating the blood flow rate normally achieved by walking (up to 70 per cent), without the patient having to move or exert energy.

2012

London Health Ssciences Centre announces a Canadian surgical first to remove cancer from the liver. Formally called an associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for stage hepatectomy, or ALPPS procedure, the surgical first is that both stages of the hepatectomy, or removal of the liver, are completed in one week to ensure that cancer does not spread to other parts of the liver.

LHSC cardiologists Dr. Lorne Gula and Dr. Jaimie Manlucu became the first in Canada to use a pressure sensing catheter to perform a pulmonary vein ablation for atrial fibrillation.

2011

London Health Sciences Centre announces another world first after LHSC's cardiac surgery team successfully performed an emergency surgery to repair a hole in a patient’s heart caused by a pacemaker complication using the DaVinci robot. Traditionally, this surgery is done via open chest surgery.

LHSC is the first hospital in Canada to use wireless technology for hemodynamic evaluation, or the evaluation of pressures and flow in patient’s hearts.

LHSC announced a Canadian first for a surgical treatment for throat cancer after surgeons performed the first robotically assisted and minimally invasive laryngectomy (or the removal of a small portion of the voicebox.)

2010

Doctors at LHSC become the first in the world to use the Correx AVB device, a new implantable surgical device that promises to revolutionize aortic valve bypass surgery by reducing its complexity through a specialized delivery mechanism that renders the surgery almost bloodless, eliminating the need to stop the heart and put the patient on a heart-lung bypass machine.

Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre is the first hospital in Ontario to implement the Period of PURPLE Crying® program in their emergency department. The Period of PURPLE Crying® program provides important information to parents and caregivers regarding infant crying patterns and comforting strategies, and education on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

A North American first in providing peritoneal home dialysis patients with touch screen technology and access to a health coach from home was achieved at LHSC.

       

2009

LHSC and Lawson Health Research Institute (Lawson) announce a Canadian first in the treatment of lung cancer, removing a small wedge from the patient’s lung and then applying a surgical mesh interwoven with brachytherapy seeds to where the lung was resected.

LHSC became the first hospital in North America to use a robotic-arm neuro-angiogram machine in an operating room.

2008

LHSC is the first in North America to implant an insertable cardiac monitor that offers long-term and continuous monitoring for atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia.

LHSC performs the world’s first robotically-assisted intestinal bypass surgery for a patient with superior mesenteric artery (SMA) syndrome, also known as Wilkie’s syndrome, using the da Vinci® robot.

LHSC’s Sterile Processing Department is the first hospital in Canada to implement Censitrac software, tracking medical instruments at the individual level.

2007

Canada’s first totally endoscopic closed-chest robotic coronary artery bypass surgery on a patient’s beating heart is performed at LHSC

Canada’s first robotic-assisted common bile duct exploration using a da Vinci robot is performed at LHSC

2006

An LHSC team is one of two independent Canadian teams to first use new electroanatomical mapping technology to perform a pulmonary vein ablation for atrial fibrillation

2005

World’s first robotic-assisted left atrial appendage ligation to reduce the chance of clot formation and stroke in high risk patients with atrial fibrillation is performed at LHSC

Canada’s first minimally invasive robotic-assisted double bypass surgery is performed at LHSC

Canada’s first robotic-assisted multi vessel small thorocotomy is performed at LHSC

2004

LHSC’s Image-Guided surgery team performed the world’s first image-guided robotic-assisted thoracoscopic resection of a lung cancer using Computer Motion’s AESOP® robotic arm and a 3-dimensional ultrasound probe

Esophageal Surgery team performed Canada’s first robotic-assisted laparoscopic transhiatal esophagectomy for esophageal cancer using Computer Motion’s AESOP® robotic arm (2004/May/31).

Esophageal Surgery team performed Canada’s first robotic-assisted transthoracic endoscopic esophagectomy for esophageal cancer using Computer Motion’s AESOP® robotic arm (2004/September/27).

In a Canadian first in research for CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics), the four-armed da Vinci robot was used throughout a surgery to complete a radical prostatectomy

A CSTAR team is the first in North America to complete two different procedures to clear blocked arteries, minimally invasive robotic-assisted heart bypass surgery and angioplasty with stenting, at the same time in the operating room

In a North American first, an interdisciplinary team successfully removes a renal artery aneurysm with the help of a da Vinci surgical robot

A small, multi-channel recording and stimulating device that aids in deep brain stimulation is developed at LHSC

2003

Urologists at LHSC are the first in Canada to use the three-armed ZEUS robot to correct a blockage in the ureter of the kidney

Results of an international study show that the common high blood pressure drug ramipril can prevent heart failure in high risk cardiovascular patients

LHSC is the first in Canada and one of three in the world to use revolutionary digital technology to produce detailed fluoroscopic images for diagnostic and interventional procedures

LHSC surgeons are the first in Canada to use a four-armed da Vinci robot to complete a single coronary artery bypass graft

LHSC’s Pulmonary surgery performed Canada’s first robotic-assisted lobectomy for lung cancer using Computer Motion’s AESOP® robotic arm

2002

An LHSC study determines that patients with congestive heart failure have an improved quality of life with a new pacemaker that works on both sides of the heart

LHSC cardiologists complete a left atrial appendage occlusion, a new procedure for stroke prevention that closes the area of the heart where the majority of blood clots form

Neurosurgeons at LHSC complete the first artificial cervical disc replacement in North America

LRCC is one of two sites in Canada and one of three in the world to have a tomotherapy unit, the newest radiation treatment technology

2001

LHSC’s Pulmonary surgery team performed the world’s first robotic-assisted lung volume reduction using Computer Motion’s AESOP® robotic arm

LHSC’s Pulmonary surgery team performed Canada’s first robotic-assisted resection of a lung cancer using Computer Motion’s AESOP® robotic arm

LHSC’s Pulmonary surgery team performed Canada’s first robotic-assisted apical bullectomy for a pneumothorax using Computer Motion’s AESOP® robotic arm

Using Socrates robotic technology, LHSC conducts the world's first robotic-assisted surgery via telementoring, in which one surgeon assisted and mentored another at a remote site and both manipulated robotic arms inside the patient in the operating room

LHSC researchers are the first in the world to find strong evidence to support that surgery, not medicine, is the key to improved quality of life for temporal lobe epilepsy

The first artificial disc replacement in Canada is completed at LHSC

2000

LHSC's transplant team performs the first adult-to-adult living donor partial-liver transplant in Canada

LHSC's surgical team performs the first minimally invasive robotic-assisted mitral valve heart surgery in Canada

1999

LHSC's surgical team successfully completes the world's first closed-chest, robotic-assisted beating heart coronary artery bypass graft

1998

An LHSC team is the first in Canada to perform voice-activated robotic-assisted minimally invasive cardiac bypass surgery

1997

LHSC's Multi-Organ Transplant team transplants a liver, bowel, stomach, and pancreas into a five-month-old infant, the world's youngest recipient of a multi-organ transplant

An LHSC nephrologist performs a world-first in plasma exchange treatment and is credited with saving the life of a man with a severe case of food poisoning

LHSC cardiac surgeons are the first in Canada to perform a revolutionary method of video-assisted minimally invasive heart surgery

1996

A team of researchers accomplishes a world-first when they develop a miniature recording device that monitors the heartbeat during fainting spells

1994

The world's first 3D ultrasound-guided cryosurgery is performed at University Hospital

1993

Victoria and University hospitals collaborate on Canada's first living-related paediatric liver transplant

1991

A study begins at University Hospital on the safety and efficacy of using detachable platinum coils to treat brain aneurysms

1990

LRCC is the first in Canada to use the radioactive source Ytterbium for treatment

1989

The first cardiac stent insertion in Canada is performed at Victoria Hospital

The world's first invasive inner ear surgery for vertigo in normal hearing ears is conducted at University Hospital

1988

The world's first successful liver-small bowel transplant is performed at University Hospital

The London Regional Cancer Centre (now LRCP) is the first Canadian site to treat malignant melanoma and kidney disease patients with Interleukin-2

1987

The world's first cardiac defibrillator is implanted at University Hospital

1985

A University Hospital team announces success in a trial using cyclosporine to arrest the progress of Type 1 diabetes

1983

University Hospital is the first in Canada to perform a heart-lung transplant

1981

University Hospital performs the world's first heart operation to correct life threatening right ventricular dysplasia

1972

Operations begin on cerebral aneurysms using a technique that establishes University Hospital’s worldwide reputation

1958

Dr. Charles Drake pioneers a surgical procedure for aneurysms at the base of the brain, called basilar aneurysms, a World first

1956

The London Clinic of the Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation at Victoria Hospital (now the London Regional Cancer Program [LRCP]) and The University of Western Ontario discover the chemotherapy drugs vinca alkaloids

1951

The first cobalt bomb in the world is used to deliver radiation therapy to cancer patients at Victoria Hospital

1948

The first artificial kidney machine in Canada is developed at Victoria Hospital

Physicians at Victoria Hospital are the first in the world to recognize sexual dimorphism in human cells, leading to new knowledge of the relationship between sex chromosome abnormalities and human disease

 

Note: LRCC, London Regional Cancer Centre, integrated with London Health Sciences Centre in January 2004 and became the London Regional Cancer Program

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